My Bookshelf

Books are one of my greatest passions. Books that are written about my other great passions are truly my favorite.

To some it may seem ridiculous to move an entire personal library across the country, but to me it makes perfect sense. I came across a passage that justifies a personal library in the best way possible:

“A second shock of banality occurs to many people in my condition – that is, people who possess a fairly sizeable library (large enough in my case that someone entering our house can’t help but notice it; actually, it takes up the whole place.) The visitor enters and says, “What a lot of books! Have you read them all?” At first I thought that the question characterized only people who had scant familiarity with books, people accustomed to seeing a couple of shelves with five paperback mysteries and a children’s encyclopedia bought in installments. But experience has taught me that the same words can be uttered also by people above suspicion. It could be said that they are still people who consider a bookshelf as a mere storage place for already read books and do not think of the library as a working tool.” – Umberto Eco

To take stock of the favorites from my own library, and build a working document for tracking new additions, I drafted this post. I’d highly recommend any of these to other. Besides being divided by category, the following are in no particular order.

Science & Nature

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death

Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated…Life Behind the O.R. Doors

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the MindReprint Edition

The Glass Universe

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson & Her Sisters

Murray River Country

Being Australian

Alex & Me

Badluck Way


Where Rivers Change Direction

All Creatures Great & Small

A Walk in the Woods


Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

Diagnosis Mercury: Money, Politics, & Poison

Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People & Phosphate from Banaba

Saved by the Sea: Hope, Heartbreak, & Wonder in the Blue World

Pacific: Silicon Chips & Surfboards, Coral Reefs & Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators & Fading Empires 

Tales of the South Pacific 

Of Orcas & Men

Human Condition

I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Steve & Me

Contents May Have Shifted


Everything by Mitch Albom

The Last Lecture

The Giver

Glitter & Glue

Education & Career

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

No Fears, No Excuses

The End of School

College of the Overwhelmed

Storied Leadership

Robert’s Rules of Order

Recreation & Sports Ministry


Streams in the Desert

The Chronicles of Narnia

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Everything by C.S. Lewis

The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

Horse Tales from Heaven: Reflections Along the Trail with God

The Harbinger

Fiction & Assorted Others

The Namesake: A Novel

The Bluest Eye

Bird Box

My Name is Memory

Where the Red Fern Grows

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog


Little House on the Prairie series

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire



Backyard Horsekeeping

Horsekeeping on a Small Acerage

Trail Riding

Complete Horse Riding

In Search of a Wild Brumby

Wild Horses Don’t Swim

The Horses Too Are Gone

Falling for Eli

The Soul of a Horse

Horses Never Lie About Love

Misty of Chincoteague

The Horse Behavior Problem Solver

The Horse Training Problem Solver

Storey’s Guide to Training Horses

Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses

The Complete Guide to Caring for Your Horse

Black Beauty




(Inspired by Zak Slayback’s bookshelf)

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